Last fall I decided it was time and try to start a bonsai from the very beginning and planted some seeds (oak, birch, JBP and Austrian pine). I wanted to share my results up until now.
The first seeds germinated in February. I didnt notice them at first between all those weeds!
Because I was afraid they would die in freezing temperatures I moved some of the seedlings to a suitable place in my house. I had to repot them into another container to fit on to the shelf near my window. I noticed some of the oaks started to germinate as well and decided to repot a few as well. I think I did this for 1/3 of all the seeds I had. The rest stayed outside.
I wasnt sure if they would survive the repotting but everything continued to grow. In fact, the seedlings inside my house grew better than the seedlings in the garden. I assume its because of the higher temperatures indoors. The first oak started to appear.
At this point I am wondering what the best time is to switch from plain old garden soil to akadama. I wanted do do this asap to start developing a nice root system. Somehow I decided to a second repotting to put the seedlings into akadama after the first set of leaves hardened of. Dont ask me why I think that would be a good time, I just did.
The next step for the seedlings indoors was to make the transition back to the garden again when the temperatures were high enough. I did this in the last week of April.
And this is where we are now:
Shohin size bonsai is what I’m going for so I will keep them for as long as possible in those small containers.
I will keep you guys posted on my progress. And I’m also curious on your experiences with growing bonsai from seeds!